Victim to police brutality Rodney King was found dead this morning. And he was just 47.
Rodney King, who became a household name after a 1991 beating at the hands of LAPD went national, has died. The 47-year-old was found dead at the bottom of a pool this morning by his fiancee Cynthia Kelley. More details below………
Rodney will also be remembered for his impassioned plea during the L.A. Riots when he said,
“People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?”
Law enforcement told TMZ that they are opening a drowning investigation.
With a new update to this story, tmz reports that–according to Rodney’s fiancee’s Cynthia Kelly–Rodney was drinking and smoking before being found naked in the pool:
According to our sources, King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, is telling friends King was at the house all day drinking, and he smoked marijuana at some point, before she went to went to bed at 2:00 AM.
We’re told Kelley says she next saw King at around 5:00 AM when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard. Our sources say Kelley found King naked, banging on the glass, and she called out to him, “What’s wrong, Rodney?”
Kelley is telling friends she then went to grab her phone when she heard a big splash. She then went to the backyard and discovered him in the bottom of the pool and called police.